Start a Business

A wide variety of loan, grant, and business support programs exist to help entrepreneurs get off the ground and soar! Local consultants from the Small Business Development Center, the Department of Employment and Economic Development, and regional development agencies like the NE Entrepreneur Fund and Iron Range Resources are standing by with loans, grants, business training in marketing, technology, human resources and more to help you succeed. Get to know community economic developers as well, and find the perfect location for your business, help with a business plan, and literally all the services you could need to make your dreams of business ownership come true.

City Resources

Chisholm Economic Development Authority

Stephanie Skraba

Phone: (218) 254-7960

Virginia Eveleth Economic Development Authority

327 1st Street South
Virginia, MN 55792

Laura Rusich, Executive Director

Phone: 218-750-4020
Fax: 218-750-3580


Grants / Loans

Entrepreneur Fund Entrepreneur Fund

551 Hat Trick Ave.
Eveleth, MN 55734
Phone: (218) 749-4191

3709 1st Ave.
Hibbing, MN 55746
Phone: (218) 623-5747



Plumbers and Pipefitters Union

107 S 15th Ave W,
Virginia, MN 55792

Phone: (218) 741-2482

Carpenters and Joiners Union

726 4th St N
Virginia, MN 55792

Phone: (218) 741-6010

Operative Engineers

8381 Enterprise Dr NE
Virginia, MN 55792

Phone: (218) 741-8190

International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers

214 E Howard St
Hibbing, MN 55746

Phone: (218) 263-6895

  • Minnesota Department of Employment and Economic Development
  • Iron Range Tourism Bureau
  • L&M Radiator
  • Department of Iron Range Resources & Rehabilitation